Prior to joining Draper Associates, Joel served as Technology Director for the United States Senate Commerce Committee, advising Senators on technology legislation and policy. Joel also co-founded an IT consulting startup, Iceware Technologies, where he specialized in wireless application infrastructure.
Joel has led more than 40 investments for Draper Associates, including Socialcam (ADSK), Rentjuice (Z), TOA Technologies (ORCL), Meldium (LOGM), Vizify (YHOO), Identified (WDAY), Alohar (BABA) and ViVu (PLCM). Joel also invested in Twitch (AMZN) and SpaceX, and leads the Firm's investments in accelerator programs such as Techstars. Joel currently serves on the boards of inSpa, Inventables, Ranker, Ribbon, Skyward and Coinlab.
Joel has an MBA from Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, and a BA from the University of Puget Sound where he was Captain of the NCAA ski racing team. Joel also studied at the US Naval War College in Washington, DC, where he focused on Joint Maritime Operations.
|Aug, 2015||MapJam||$950k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2013||Ranker||$2M / Venture||Draper Associates|
|Jun, 2013||Inventables||$3M / Series B (Lead)||Draper Associates|
|Feb, 2013||Ribbon||$1.63M / Seed (Lead)||Draper Associates|
|Apr, 2011||Ranker||$1.3M / Series A||Draper Associates|
|Jan, 2011||RentJuice||$6.37M / Venture (Lead)||Draper Associates|
|Jan, 2010||Identified||$1.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr 11, 2016||PE HUB - Draper Associates raises $190 mln seed fund|
|Mar 16, 2015||Business Wire - HATCH Pitch @ SXSW 2015 Winners Announced|
|May 27, 2014||TechCrunch - Despite Exits, Aerospace Deals Are Crashing To Earth|
|May 7, 2014||Ars Technica - Weak net neutrality won’t scare investors away from Internet startups|
|May 5, 2014||TechCrunch - Making Child Support Easier, SupportPay Raises $1.1 Million|
|May 2, 2014||TechCrunch - Making Child Support Easier, SupportPay Raises $1.1 Million|
|Mar 11, 2014||TechCrunch - Responsive Website Builder Webflow Raises $1.5 Million From Khosla, Tim Draper & Others|
|Mar 4, 2014||Ars Technica - From buses to boxes, these 5 entrepreneurs want to change your experience|